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'm announced today a change of heart. >> staunch ohio conservative rob portman, a dramatic reversal, backing same-sex marriage after his own son comes out. >> i now believe people ought to have the right to get married. >> politics getting very personal. also, knife fight. >> the small pocket knife is not going to result in a catastrophic failure of an aircraft. >> the tsa chief outspoken and outfront. we'll talk to one tsa agent. >> a really smart smartphone. the new samsung galaxy. we're here at radio city music hall for the launch. >> the headline? this thing can track your eye movements on its screen. and march madness, star wars style. >> welcome. this is madness! >> darth vader, hans solo, c 3 p on, g o, get out your brackets. who is your fave? here live in the cnn newsroom. and good morning to you. happy friday. i'm carol costello. we begin with a cnn exclusive on a change of heart. a stunning change in position. conservative senator rob portman says he's dropping his hardline opposition to same-sex marriage because one of his own sons gay. a deeply personal decision by a very public
portman's stunning decision to now support same-sex marriage after his son told him he is gay. join something he david boss circumstance president of citizens united and republican strategist and cnn contributor, margaret hoover a big day forth republican party in this country, in many ways, to start with, the portman sensation. another way of putting it really, here is a republican senator who had repeatedly voted against gay marriage doing a complete u-turn because his son turned out two years ago, went to him and said, dad, i'm gay. margaret, what did you make of that? >> look, i think rob portman acted in a way that was consistent with the love for his son and consistent with a movement happening across the country with republican legislators. piers, many people don't know, more than 205 republican state legislators across the country have voted, elected leaders have voted for the freedom to marry and not lost their seats because of it. 135 members signed on to amicus brief for the supreme court, a solution to a conservative case and a constitutional case for freedom to marry. s
's identity crisis is now personified by senator rob portman's change of heart on same-sex marriage. >> wow, what a crowd. >> reporter: on mitt romney's short list for vice president rob portman voted against same-sex marriage in the house and senate. he said it was a matter of faith. now it's a matter of family. after his 21-year-old son will, a junior at yale, came out to his parents two years ago. >> i think this is something we should allow people to do -- to get married and have the joy and stability of marriage that i have had for over 26 years. i want all three of my kids to have it including our son who is gay. >> reporter: will portman on a kayaking trip with his father and older brother tweeted, especially proud of my dad today. portman joins former vice president cheney who backed his daughter mary and her spouse. and 130 prominent republicans who signed a brief supporting the supreme court challenge to california's proposition 8 which bans same-sex marriage. but while a majority of americans, 51%, for the first time support same-sex marriage in a nbc news/wall street journal pol
portman used to support the defense of marriage act and used to oppose gay marriage until his son told him he was gay. this is fascinating, until a personal issue came on, a family issue came on, he didn't have that issue. he's had a change of heart. one, that all politics is local, of course, and, two, as more people come out in terms of orientation, more americans will be accepting as same-sex marriage. >>> plus, we know the gop wants president obama to fail, will do anything to make sure he fails. that and no new taxes all they can agree on. no new taxes but why hasn't president obama offered republicans a deal from his points of view? his version of a grand bargain to force the republic chance to say no and walk away from the table? he hasn't done that yet. >>> by the way, donald trump tweeted yesterday, really big crowd expected tomorrow at cpac for his speech. here's the really big crowd that showed up to see trumpy. an overflow audience. filled with empty chairs. that's "hardball" and we're playing it. this is the place for it. we'll be right back. stress sweat is different than ord
dean, thank you both for joining me. >> you bet. >>> republican senator rob portman surprised his party this morning with news that he now supports same sex marriage. the reversal comes after his son came out to him. coming up, we look at his reasons for announcing it now, and whether or not it had impact in the selection of mitt romney's running mate. >>> also, live by the sequester, die by the sequester. now that real cuts are taking shape across the country, republicans aren't happy, and guess who they're blaming. >>> and the man that recorded the infamous 47% comment for mitt romney has given his final interview, and yours truly is asking the questions. come on, nowadays lots of people go by themselves. no they don't. hey son. have fun tonight. ♪ ♪ back against the wall ♪ ain't nothin to me ♪ ain't nothin to me [ crowd murmurs ] hey! ♪ [ howls ] ♪ even the inside of your dishwasher sparkles. okay. so i'm the bad guy for being clean. you said it. ladies, let's not fight dirty. cascade kitchen counselor. see, over time, a competing gel can leave hard-water film on your dis
-- after decades of opposition, why is republican senator rob portman, once a top contender to be mitt romney's running mate, now reversing his opposition to gay marriage? >> i had a very personal experience. which is my son came to jane, my wife and i, told us that he was gay. and that it was not a choice and that you know, that's just part of who he is and he had been that way ever since he could remember. and that launched an interesting process for me. which was -- kind of rethinking my position. >> live at cpac, mitt romney's first political speech coming up since his defeat in november. >>> plus president obama's new energy policy today, to be announced in illinois. next week, he's on to israel and benjamin netanyahu. >> we've got a terrific business-like relationship. he is very blunt with me about his views on issues and i'm very blunt with him about my views on issues and we get stuff done. >> good day i'm andrea mitchell live in washington, while conservatives are firing up the base at cpac, the president concluded a week of outreach to republicans on capitol hill. and first
exclusive. conservative ohio senator ron portman makes a stunning reversal on gay marriage and he's talking to only our dana bash. >> and then, not just one, but two carnival cruise ships in trouble this morning. folks, this is the fourth time the company has had problems in a month this morning we're asking are the ships safe? also a developing story, a suspect in that deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi from september, this morning behind bars. could we finally learn more about what sparked the violence that killed four americans? >>> and a disturbing video of a 4-year-old attacked by a dog and terrifying moments all caught on camera. >> plus it's now a 10-day winning streak for the dow. not just markets seeing a boost, it's turning more americans into millionaires. >> it is friday, march 15th, and "starting point" begins right now. >>> our "starting point" is a cnn exclusive. the gay marriage movement getting an unexpected lift from a most unlikely backer. one of the leading conservative voices on capitol hill, republican senator rob portman of ohio is reversing his position
. >> one of the guys that was vetted for vp, ohio senator rob portman today, who was at one time a favorite actually to be running made, made a dramatic reversal on that issue, same-sex marriage. >> my son came to jane, my wife and i, told us that he was gay. and that -- not a choice and that, you know, he -- that's just part of who he is, and, you know, i've come to the conclusion that for me personally, i think this is something that we should allow people to do, to get married and to have the joy and the stability of marriage that i've had for over 26 years. >> by the way, romney adviser beth myers who led the vice presidential vetting process told nbc this morning that the campaign was aware that portman's son was gay, is gay, as they vetted him for the number two job, but that the situation, quote, played no role whatsoever in romney's decision about who to pick as his running mate. portman said the same thing as well in his interviews. >>> tomorrow evening at 5:00 p.m. the results of cpac's straw poll will be released. between now and then a host of potential candidates will take the
to fail and they're not too big to go to jail. >>> also, senator rob portman's change of heart on same sex marriage after his son comes out. >> i've come to the conclusion that for me personally, i think this is something that we should allow people to do. to get married. >> is portman's reversal a sign that more republican lawmakers will slowly begin to embrace same sex marriage? we'll talk about that. and we would love for you to talk to us as well. you can join the conversation. we are on twitter. all over twitter. you can find us there. [ bells jingle ] [ cash register dings ] [ male announcer ] wow. a brave choice. okay, focus. think courage. think shaun white. think how perfect they'll be for outdoor crafts. mr. white. [ male announcer ] they're good for circulation. plus, they're totally practical. yeah, freedom. scan me. stride on, pale-legged, short-shorts guy. ♪ okay why? more is better than less because if stuff is not le-- if there is more less stuff then you might want to have some more and your parents just don't let you because there's only a little bit. right. we want mor
senator rob portman had a change of heart on the subject of same-sex marriage. it puts him at odds with many in his party. portman writes i have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment the government shouldn't deny them the opportunity to get married. portman said his view that's marriage can be defined only between a man and woman started to change in 201011 when his college aged son told him he is gay. >> in an interview with cnn the senator said as a father he wants all of his children to have happy life was the people they love. >> get married to have the joy and the stability of marriage i've had over 26 years. i want all three kids to have that, including our youngest who is gay. >> portman discussed this with his pastor including dick cheney whose daughter is open hi gay. portman voted for defense of marriage act. >> defining marriage between a man and woman. portman campaigned for mitt romney during 2012 campaign considered a potential vice presidential nominee. >> and he told him everything. >> portman now opposes a strict definition o
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the thing that seems to have eluded them for so very long, the modern era. ohio senator rob portman, once a shoe-in for mitt romney's vp slot came out in favor of gay marriage. >> i'm announcing today a change of heart. on an issue that you know a lot of people feel strongly about. and it has to do with gay couples, opportunity to marry. my son came to jane, my wife and i, told us that he was gay. and that it was not a choice. and that you know, he, that's just part of who he is and he had been that way ever since he could remember. >> what was your reaction when he told you? >> love, support. >> was the gop finally knocking on the door of the 21st century? and, as purveyors of trickle-down everything, with this new-found tolerance trick down to the rest of the party. a party that lost gay americans last year by a margin of 53 points. if cpac is any indication, probably not. >> we cannot hope to limit government if we do not stand up for the core civil society institutions, beginning with marriage. >> just that i believe states should have the right to define marriage in a traditional way
with cedar, pine, and corn. marriage, republicans continue to surprise. senator rob portman who for years strongly spoke out against gay marriage now says he's for it. he dropped that bombshell in an exclusive interview with our dana bash, telling her that the change of heart has come because his 21-year-old son has told him that he's gay. but here's his spongs whrespons dana asked him what do you tell your gay constituents? >> what do you say to a gay conexcon sk conexit constituent in ohio who says i'm so glad that he changed his position? why did it take him learning that he has a gay son? why didn't he as my representative care about that before? >> well, i would say i had a change of heart based on a personal experience. that's certainly true. >> in a tweet, senator portman's son, will portman, expressed his joy saying, quote, especially proud of my dad today. portman is with a growing list of republicans who have come out in support of gay marriage. including dick cheney, the former v.p. whose daughter married they are longtime partner last year. laura bush, colin powell and also me
this morning. >>> all right. the other big news of the day, ohio's republican senator rob portman coming out in support of marriage equality. senator portman saying that his change of heart motivated by a very personal situation, his own son came out. >> i have, you know, come to the conclusion that for me, personally, i think that this is something that we should allow people to do to get married and to have the joy and the stability of marriage that i have had for over 26 years. i want all three of my kids to have it, including our son who is gay. >> portman followed up the remarks with an op-ed in today's "columbus dispatch" where he makes the argument for allowing lgbt couples to marry, and his son tweeted, especially proud of my dad today. here to discuss this is liz mayor, and also former rnc online communications director. liz, thank you for coming. >> thank you for having me. >> senator portman said that his support does not contradict his conservative values. he said that it does not amount to a threat, but a tribute to marriage. how strong is that argument? >> well, it is supportiv
? yes, the second day in a row. >>> and u.s. senator rob portman makes a stunning aboutface on same sex marriage after learning his son is gay. this is the "cnn newsroom." i'm fredricka whitfield in for suzanne malveaux. topping our news day two at the conservative political action conference near washington and some of the republican party's biggest stars are speaking. congressman paul ryan talked about the federal budget. and donald trump had a word or two about immigration. >> when it comes to immigration, you know that the 11 million illegals even if given the right to vote, you know, you're going to have to do what's right, but the fact is 11 million people will be voting democratic. >> historically we've paid a little less than one-fifth of our income in taxes to the federal government each year. but the federal government has spent a lot more. so our budget matches spending with income. >> again, mitt romney is to speak this hour. his first since losing the presidential race. we'll go there live as he starts talking. but first let's bring in our brianna keilar who is at the confe
on camera. show you the rest of the tape later. >>> plus, republican senator john mccain and rob portman, issue of same-sex marriage is personal from both their families, hear from rob portman, he dropped his opposition to it, explain why and john mccain's reaction to that two men with strong and similar religious beliefs come to very different conclusions on the issue. >>> we begin tonight with a story you simply will not see anywhere else. 360's drew are griffin investigating the killing of a man along a road in rural mississippi, doing something that police there have not been doing for the last three years n a phrase, keeping them honest. the killing was a hit and run. drew uncovered it while investigating another hit and run in the same county involving the very same authorities n that case, the victim, an african-american man was allegedly targeted by a car with three white kids in it the driver was charged with murder but despite the circumstances, authorities did not pursue hate crime charges. while investigating that case, drew learn learned of an earlier one, also involving an
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headlines of his own tonight, now saying gays should be allowed to marry. that senator is rob portman. and the reason behind the change? his son, right there behind him in the blue checkered shirt. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: he's an all-american father fully devoted to his kids. when his middle child, son will, went to college, he revealed to his parents that he had a secret. >> my son came to jane, my wife, and i, and told us that he was gay and that it was not a choice and that, you know, he -- that's just part of who he is and he'd been that way ever since he could remember. >> reporter: what was your reaction when he told you? >> love, support, you know, 110%. >> reporter: surprised? >> surprise, yeah. >> reporter: it's a story many families can relate to. like when this airman videotaped his own call coming out to his father. >> dad, i'm gay. >> yikes. >> do you still love me? >> i still love you, son. >> reporter: the video went viral. more than 6 million youtube views and counting. and in pop culture, we've watched on "modern famil
is personal from their families. you'll hear from rob portman and john mccain as a reaction to that tonight. we begin with an important story. drew griffin investigating the killing of an african american man along a rural road in mississippi doing something that police have been doing there that they haven't been doing. african-american man was allegedly targeted by a car with three white kids in it. the driver was charged with murder but despite the circumstances, authorities did not pursue hate crime charges. while investigating that case, drew learn learned of an earlier one, also involving an african-american man, another killing, another potential murder, another possible hate crime, only this time, those same authorities did not even see fit to investigate. not for more than three whole years, not until drew griffin began asking questions did they even try and find out what happened? they didn't even try. drew griffin did. >> reporter: the cross is so far off the road, you might never notice it unless you were looking for it. ruby burdette never misses it. she put it here three and a
on the upcoming supreme court review of prop 8. >>> he's the first republican senator to do it. ohio's rob portman has publicly changed his mind saying he now supports gay marriage. after learning a member of his own family is gay. portman is considered a political heavy-hitter on mitt romney's short list of potential running mates just last fall. nbc bay area's stephanie chuang is live with more on how this is parking reaction coast to coast. >> reporter: good evening. he says his son came out being gay and that sparked his change of heart. those we spoke with think it won't be a matter of if but when the republican party will change its position defining marriage between a man and a woman. one of the people we talked to was san francisco's own mark leno. >> i think we have turned the corner now. >> reporter: mark leno is convinced gay marriage is a defining moment and senator rob portman's change of heart will soon stand in the 2016 presidential election. >> they will take that line about marriage only between a man and a woman out of their platform. i wouldn't be surprised. >> reporter: san fra
. senator ron portman, a staunch conservative who was on a short list to be mitt romney's running mate announcing he's reversing his position on gay marriage. cnn's dana bash landing the only television interview with portman. the ohio republican revealing his decision just one month before the supreme court hears arguments on the issue, and two years after learning his own son, will, was gay. >> my son came to jane, my wife and i, told us that he was gay, and that it was not a choice, and that, you know, that's just part of who he is and he's been that way ever since he could remember. and that launched an interesting process for me. which was kind of rethinking my position. you know, talking to my pastor and other religious leaders, and going through the process of, at the end, changing my position on the issue. >> at 7:00 eastern on "starting point" dana bjarne joins john berman and brooke with more of her interview. >>> on wall street, history in the making. the dow defying gravity at a record high. looks like there could be an 11th straight win if all things hold. if that happens
of stop you cold and start a conversation. both are happening tonight after rob portman, the staunchly conservative, deeply devout conservative from ohio, start and op ed with these word "i come to believe two if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment with each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn't deny them the opportunity to get married." a 180 for the senator who has a long record of opposing same-sex marriage. during the clinton administration he co-sponsored the defense of marriage act which goes before the supreme court next week n an exclusive interview with you with cnn's dana bash, he explained what came his mind. >> my son came to jane, my wife and i, and told us he was gay, and that it was not a choice and that, you know, that was part of who he is and he had been that way from which he could remember. that was an interesting process to me, rethinking my position, talking to pastors and other religious landers going through a process of to at the end, changing my position on the issue. i now believe that people ought of the right to get marr
as their straight children and that can really radically transform a family and it's our superpower. >> rob portman. is the republican senator from ohio. he's been a republican party politics for many years. first as member of the house or one of his major legislative victories in the 1990s was the defense of marriage act. he is the co-sponsor of that bill defining marriage as between one man and one woman. he made sure only straight people had the right to marry. that was part of his legacy in congress. then in 2000 portman served in the george w. bush administration as united states trade representative and then white house budget director. rob portman has been a pretty run of the mill republican. people think of him as a budget guy, a numbers guy. the romney 2012 presidential campaign considered him for vice president but people argued he was just too boring. that's right. too boring to be vice president which is quite something. today that dependable republican senator, the one who sponsored the defense of marriage act in the 1990s came out in favor of gay marriage. today's columbus dispatch th
conservative. in a cnn exclusive, senator rob portman explains the personal reasons behind his change of heart. >>> and a bizarre and tragic medical mystery. a man dies after receiving a transplanted kidney tainted with rabies. how could this happen in the united states of america? how many other people are at risk right now? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." forget all those wacky scenes of north korea's leader joking around with dennis rodman. the united states, the obama administration, right now taking the north's threats of a nuclear attack very seriously. the pentagon has just announced it will beef up america's defense missile systems out on the west coast. in california, oregon, washington state. let's go straight to cnn's pentagon correspondent chris lawrence, watching what's going on. chris, a lot of us are stunned by this decision but update us on what is going on. >> wolf, we just came out of a briefing where we learned the pentagon is going to spend a billion dollars to put new intercepter missiles on the west coast. now, that plan includes react investigating a mi
he is and he's been that way ever since he could remember. >> portman is a conservative first-term senator. he was one of 117 cosponsors of the defensive marriage act. and he voted against giving gay couples the right to adopt. today for the columbus dispatch, portman wrote, i wrestled with how to reconcile with my desire to pursue happiness and fulfillment as his brother and sister. but among congressional republicans, he has staked out a lonely position. florida senator, marco rubio was one of several lawmakers this week who reaffirmed their opposition to same-sex marriage. >> just because i believe that states should have the right to define marriage in a traditional way does not make me bad. >> he wanted to share his feelings now because the supreme court is set to hear oral arguments about whether to overturn the defense of marriage act at the end of the month. nancy, cbs news. capitol hill. >>> i was just a ten-year emptiness, i couldn't talk to anybody about it. >> after spending most of his life alone, a 32-year-old man finally gets what he is always wanted. adopted
senator rob portman used to oppose gay marriage until his son told him he was gay. until a personal issue came on, a family issue, he didn't have the same position. now portman has had a change of heart that all politics is local and as many people come out in terms of orientation, more americans will be accepting of same-sex marriage. >>> plus, we know gop wants president obama to fail, will do anything to make sure he fails that. and no new taxes is all they can really agree on. but why hasn't president obama offered the republicans a deal from his point of view? his version of a grand bargain? will it force the republicans to say no and walk away from the table? he han done that yet. donald trump tweeted yesterday, really big krourd expected at cpac. here's the really big crowd. this morning, an overflowing audience filled with empty chairs. that's hardball. we're playing it. this is the place for it. [ nyquil bottle ] you know i relieve coughs, sneezing, fevers... [ tylenol bottle ] me too! and nasal congestion. [ tissue box ] he said nasal congestion. yeah...i heard him. [ female ann
with his son. senator portman made his announcement that his 21-year- old son is gay. portman was never outspoken against gay marriage but consistently voted against it. portman says his son came out shortly after he won the senate seat. >> he told us that he was gay and that it was not a choice. and that you know he that's just part of who he is and he's been that way ever since he could remember. that launched an interesting process for me which was rethinking my position. >> portman says his son who is now a junior in college supported the decision to announce the senator's change in position on gay marriage. >>> in news of the world tonight in sre --venezuela the body of hugo chavez was taken to a museum where it will be displayed permanently. many residents do not go outside after dark. chavez died 10 days ago after 14 years in power. >>> the group save the children held a candlelight for children. 70,000 people have been killed there. there's no sign of an end to the war between the forces of the azad and rebels who want him ousted. >>> president putin has enlisted the help of st
revealing his change of heart started with his son. senator portman made his announcement that his 21-year- old son is gay. portman was never outspoken against gay marriage but consistently voted against it. portman says his son came out shortly after he won the senate seat. >> he told us that he was gay and that it was not a choice. and that you know he that's just part of who he is and he's been that way ever since he could remember. that launched an interesting process for me which was rethinking my position. >> portman says his son who is now a junior in college supported the decision to announce the senator's change in position on gay marriage. >>> in news of the world tonight in sre --venezuela the body of hugo chavez was taken to a museum where it will be displayed permanently. many residents do not go outside after dark. chavez died 10 days ago after 14 years in power. >>> the group save the children held a candlelight for children. 70,000 people have been killed there. there's no sign of an end to the war between the forces of the azad and rebels who want him ousted. >>> presiden
from a leading conservative on gay marriage. rob portman of ohio says he now supports marriage rights for same sex couples. it is a very personal reason that helped bring him to this conclusion. he spoke about it exclusively with our chief congressional correspondent dana bash. this came out of the blue when i heard about this interview. i was totally surprised. >> i got a call, this was a decision he made, he decided to do a television interview. this is something that happens all over america, sons and daughters come to their parents, reveal they're gay. this is a senator and he invited us to his office to tell us dramatic news. >> announcing change of heart on an issue that a lot of people feel strongly about. has to do with gay couples, opportunity to marry. allow them to have the joyce of marriage like i had. i want all three of my children to have. >> it came from his 21-year-old son two years ago. >> my son came to my wife and i, told us he was gay and it was not a choice, that that's part of who he is. he had been that way since he could remember. >> what was your reaction whe
chris van hollen, and rob portman, two legislators the president reached out to. we're under the police departments too how big these cups can be-- >> portion control. >> schieffer: portion creel right here. you know, the president-- the big talk around washington is this so-called charm offensive. he has dinner with these republican legislators. you were over at the white house paul ryan, the head of the budget commit on the republican side. senator portman you have actually taken phone calls from the president in the past. but i guess what's unusual here is that this is actually news, which kind of gives us an idea of the-- how wide the divide is. did any-- is this doing any good, senator portman? >> it's great. i mean, to build some trust is a good thing. but to be honest with you bob what the president needs to do is reach out not just to republicans but to democrats and ensure that he gives them the political cover to do frankly what most of them know needs to be done. i won't speak for chris but having talked to him a lot about these issues, he gets it in terms of the need for us
-lift. he's not a republican society lady. she's a real woman. >> rob portman says he supports same-sex marriage after his son told his parents he was gay. >>> in president obama's meeting with republican senators, he talked about giving congress information on drone strikes. he compared his administration to his predecessors and said, this is not dick cheney we're talking about. >>> and interview with israeli tv, president obama said many issues were discussed, including a question of living inside the bubble of secret service and media. he admitted that sometimes he'd like to be able to escape all of that. >> sometimes i have this fantasy i can put on a disguise and wear a make mustache and wander through tel aviv and go to a bar. >> and that's your morning dish of "scrambled politics." >>> turning to the weather. dillon dryer's here with the forecast. even with a fake mustache, the president would not go unrecognized. >> i don't think so. as soon as he starts talking or singing. >> he's stuck in the bubble for life. >> we're going to see, actually, some wintry weather move into p
portman of ohio. after voting for the defense of marriage act in 1996, portman now says he supports same-sex marriage because one of his sons is gay. portman says his turnaround gang two years ago when his son, will, told his parents that he is gay. >>> pope francis will face perhaps his toughest test yet when he plans to hold an audience with the media tomorrow. >> well, for now he will still be sticking to what has always worked best for him. a style of simplicity and humility. abc's marci gonzalez reports from rome. >> reporter: after the holy tradition, a first mass celebrated in the sistine chapel, pope francis will take some of the messages discussed in yesterday's simple homily about building a solid foundation for the church and lay the first brick. his first official meeting with the cardinals. >> he's going to be a simple person. he's not going to speak in grand theological terms. he's going to try to say things simply and do things simply. >> reporter: a simple nature we're hearing so much about now and seen put into practice from his refusal to wear a gold cross opting instea
boulevard near the bay wetland. people will be paid 100 to $300. >>> rob portman has changed his stance on gay major. the only senate republican to openly support it. the impact the announcement could have on the supreme court challenge to proposition eight. >> in just days the u.s. supreme court will hear argument oscar can plop cigs, arguments on proposition eight. portman now supports it. we spoke to a former collect at the supreme court. >> they are human beings and so they are products have their vehement. >> justices could be sympathetic to the reversal. >> if all of society is changing the minds that will be some affect on how they receive arguments. >> he says portman's announcement showed the debate is winning. >> he believes supreme court will overturn prop eight. if the justices don't he believes support from lawmakers could lead to legislation allowing same-sex marriage. he just hopes it's in his lifetime. >> bay area congresswoman is selected to attend the installation of the new pope. she is expected to join vice president biden and a handful of colleagues in rome as pope
portman is a high-ranking republican. he voted in favor of the defense of marriage act in 1996 but today, portman said views began to change when his son told him he is gay. >> get married to have the joy and stability of marriage i've had over 26 years i want our kids to have it, including our son who is gay. >> portman says he no longer backs the federal ban but favors states rights to decide the issue. >> mitt romney told conservative activists he promises to work shoulder to shoulder alongside them into the future. and speech marks the first time romney has spoken in public since the november election. he was interrupted by applause. >> the vatican denied claims that pope francis did nothing to stop human rights abuses in argentina. a journalist claims he failed to help two fellow jesuit priests. bergolgoio led that order between 1976 and 1983. >> three people died in a plane crash that occurred during rush hour. officials say a piper navajo was trying to return to the airport. witnesses say a flipped and dropped and exploded upon impact. nobody on the ground was hurt. >> mer trouble
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. and now swiffer dusters refills are available with the fresh scent of gain. >>> nart rob portman, a close adviser to the mitt romney presidential campaign, had undergone a dramatic change of mind concerning the issue of gay marriage. mr. portman, who once voted for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, now says that the experience of his own son has transformed his understanding of who should have the right to marry. >> i've come to the conclusion that for me, personally, i think this is something that we should allow people to do, to get married and to have the joy and stability of marriage that i've had for over 26 years. i want all three of my kids to have it including our son who is gay. >> joinedmy my colleague, toure, co-host of the "cycle" and julian epstein, a democratic strategist. toure, notwithstanding what rob portman has said, eric cantor and speaker john boehner both said they don't agree, though they respect his view. do you think they would change their minds if one of their own children would decide to come out and say they were gay publicly? >> i suspect
who has a lot more potential. >> the republican high want to talk about today is rob portman. talking about how he has completely done a 180 on gay marriage and gay rights. and i'm really proud of him. this is a man who was pro doma. pro stopping gay couple from adopting. and he said, we were surprised to learn he and his wife were surprised to learn that their son is gay two years ago. but we knew he was still the same person he had always been. and in that moment, he sort of showing what america is going through. we are getting to know people in our family, people in our friends' circles are coming out to us. we're saying, this is the same person who i loved yesterday. why i would change my feelings when that person hassle me who they really and truly are. in the maps coming out, in our friends and popular culture, gayness is getting normalized and a lot of people are having to change their minds and saying i will support their rights. and when a republican has been so against these rights, turns around and listens to his heart and his family rather than his pollsters. i'm proud of
, senator rob portman reversing his stance of same-sex marriage, because he has said that his son is gay in a "columbus dispatch" op-ed. he said that we believe in minimal government interference in the personal lives and we believe the family unit to be the fundamental building block of society, and with we should also consider people's long term commitments to each other. do you believe this will change the conversation? >> well, i think that it will continue to dialogue and the discussion. i know that if anybody who knows rob portman knows that he is sincere and honest and cares about his family and passionate and all of the positive things, and this is heart felt and he believes it. gosh, more power to him. he believes that, and i respect him for it. >> and will this stay a decision made by each lawmaker and every republican for specific families would you say and for you? >> yeah. i you know, i happen to think that a lot of this should be made at the state level and how we do it in utah may be different than massachusetts and that is where we ought to be having this discussion, but
from offshore drilling. rob portman has changed his stance on same-sex marriage because his son is gay. he said his son will came out to him back in 2011 and then he realized he wanted his son to have the same opportunities as everyone else. senator portman was a potential date for romney last year. he was a sponsor of the 1996 defense of marriage act. he now says that voters in each state should have the right to approve same-sex marriage should they so choose. and mitt romney is speaking at cpac today which has plenty of allies and conservative activists wondering why. they wonder what he could possibly say that would have any impact or be of any interest. we're back after the break. stay with us. ♪ going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think th
, mental health research, and school safety. >> senator rob portman, a prominent ohio conservative, is reversing his hard-line position against gay marriage. it has to do with a another revelation, one deeply personal. his 21 year-old son, a wheel, is gay, something that he learned two years ago. here's what portman has to say about the revelation. >> i am going to rip process of changing my position on the issue. i do believe that people should have tried to get married. >> portman says that his son, now a junior in college, helped him work through his decision to announce his change in position on gay marriage. though he is a staunch conservative, portman was never all spoken against gay marriage, but he consistently voted against it. while in congress, he supported a constitutional and mimic to ban gay marriage and voted for the defense of the marriage act. >> we will be right back. >> there will be a closure that will help with the bart please. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] the new hazelnut macchiato from starbucks. crafted by hand & heart. >> and increase the number of sm
. >> senator robert portman, a prominent ohio conservative, is reversing its hard-line position against the merits. as to do with another revelation, one big leap deeply personal. his 21 year-old son, will, is gay. something he learned two years ago. here is will portman has to say about the revelation. >> i had a very personal experience, my son came to my wife and night and told us he was gay. he told us it was not a choice. it is as part of who he is, he had been that way for as long as he could remember. it was an interesting process for me. i have every thought my position. i talked to my pastor and other religious leaders. going through a process at the end of changing my position on the issue. i now believe that people have a right to get married. >> portman says that his son, now a junior in college, help them work through his decision to announce this change in position on gay marriage. though he is a staunch conservative, where man has never outspoken against gay marriage but he consistently voted against it. while in congress, he supported a constitutional amendment to ban ga
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portman's dramatic reversal on same-sex marriage is getting mixed reviews. he came out in support of same-sex marriage after learning his own son is gay. >> my son came to jane, my wife, and i. told us that he was gay and that it was not a choice. and that, you know, that's just part of who he is. he'd been that way ever since he could remember. that launched an interesting process for me which was kind of rethinking my position. you know, talking to my pastor and other religious leaders and going through a process of, at the end, changing my position on the issue. >> does it make a difference if you only decide to support gay rights because it affects you and your family personally? portman helped sponsor the defense of marriage act in 1996. gay rights activist judy shepherd joins us on the phone. her gay son matthew shepherd was tied to a fence and beaten to death nearly 15 years ago. what's your reaction to portman's sudden change of heart now? >> reporter: wel >> caller: i'm encouraged that first he acknowledged it is not a choice. that's an important thing to say. i'm relieved for hi
a cnn exclusive. senator rob portman, he's changing his stance on same sex marriage and his son reveals he's gay. is it okay for politicians to change their minds or is this just flip-flopping? i'll start with you, jamaal? >> absolutely i think it is okay for them to change their minds. a lot of us have wrestled with this issue in politics for years. i can remember being involved in races, in 2004, 2004 where civil marriage, civil union was considered to be a pretty forward position for us, for a politician to take, who is running for president. now gay marriage has become so widespread in terms of it being accepted that a lot of politicians including the president have been scrambling to try to catch up to the issue and where the public is on this. i think we'll see a lot of politicians have some road to damascus conversion. >> his son is happy with him. he tweeted his reaction, i'm especially proud of my dad today. he obviously feels as jamaal feels, hey, his dad evolved on this issue. >> his dad evolved on the issue. i think what is so interesting about what rob portman did today is
and that can radically trance farm family and it's our super power. >> rob portman. i is a republican senator from ohio. first as member of the house or one of his major legislative victories in the 199 0es is the defensive marriage act. he is defin rob /* rob port man sure only men and women had the right to marry. then as united states trade representative and then white house budget director 2010 rob mortman ran for senate in ohio and won. in the course of his 20 years in service rob portman has been a pretty run of the mill republican. people think of him as a numbers guy. in fact the romney campaign considered him for vice president but people argued he was too boring. that's right, too boring to be vice president which is quite something. today that dependable republican senator, the one who sponsored the defensive marriage act in the '90s came out in gay marriage. the senator writes i have come to believe that if two people have can come to made a commitment to care for one another in good times and in bad, the government should not deny their right to be married. he became the only re
portman announced he no longer opposes bay barge because since -- opposes gay marriage because he learned one of his sons is gay. all of our sons and daughter should have the stability of marriage. rick santorum arguably the most socially con seventive 2019 g.o.p. contender warned conservatives to sacrifice values for political victory. >> for those who want to abandon the moral underpinnings so we can win, permit me to paraphrase a great teacher and ask what does it profit a movement to gain the country and lose its own soul? >> louisiana governor bobby jindal who emergeed as a tough critic of republican cit nick washington on budget politics instead of growth, rattled off a one-liner about the 2016 race. >> i am too skipny to run for president of the united states. at least, that's what my friend chris christie tells me all the time. >> tonight's headliner is former florida governor jeb bush for years spurned talk of run for president but recently said he is not ruling it out. he has taken his name off the straw poll ballot for tomorrow saying it's too early to talk about 2016. except t
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